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Monday, November 24, 2008 cgt, Community Member, asks

Q: Does illness affect your BP Readings

Will a cold or bronchitis effect blood pressure?

 

While waiting to pick up an RX I sat and took my blood pressure using the digital machine @ the pharmacy center.  I was stunned to see my pressure was 167/106.  I took it again minutes later and it was 167/108!  Spouse then took his and his was 120/60, so I'm guessing it's not the machine.

 

Does being ill affect the readings?

 

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
11/24/08 4:17pm
cgt, Thanks for your question. I assume from your question that your blood pressure is usually normal. If it has not been taken for quite some time, this will need follow-up after your cold/bronchitis has resolved. The answer to your question is YES. Any illness or stress can affect your blood pressure. Also, many of the over-the-counter preparations used to treat the symptoms of cold and cough can raise blood pressure, so take care in choosing any of these remedies. Read the labels and look for something that specifically says that it is safe to take with high blood pressure. If there is any question, ask the pharmacist. It may take a week or two after your illness has resolved for your pressure to return to normal. Be sure to follow up on this, because there is always the possibility that you have become hypertensive, and the cold/bronchitis is just a coincidence. Best wishes. Martin Cane, M.D. Reply
Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
11/24/08 4:17pm
cgt, Thanks for your question. I assume from your question that your blood pressure is usually normal. If it has not been taken for quite some time, this will need follow-up after your cold/bronchitis has resolved. The answer to your question is YES. Any illness or stress can affect your blood pressure. Also, many of the over-the-counter preparations used to treat the symptoms of cold and cough can raise blood pressure, so take care in choosing any of these remedies. Read the labels and look for something that specifically says that it is safe to take with high blood pressure. If there is any question, ask the pharmacist. It may take a week or two after your illness has resolved for your pressure to return to normal. Be sure to follow up on this, because there is always the possibility that you have become hypertensive, and the cold/bronchitis is just a coincidence. Best wishes. Martin Cane, M.D. Reply
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By cgt, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/09/14, First Published: 11/24/08